What's New? (Week of April 23, 2012)

Please welcome our newest crafthaus members:

Edna Isabel Acosta    Greg Corman    Calvon D. Munroe

Linda Savineau          Daniel Evan Schwartz

The call is out for the 2012 Crafthaus Project Grant!

Every year, the crafthaus membership and their supporters decide by anonymous, popular vote which of their fellow members will be the recipient of this grant! The grant is awarded every September to a crafthaus member, regardless of location, professional background or craft field. It is intended to provide assistance/funding for an individual or group project.

Funding Amount
: $400 max. unrestricted.

Submission Deadline:August 15 annually (email received.)


More information about this grant and how to submit!

New crafthaus blog: Inspiration!

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.”
Chuck Close

How does inspiration "work" for you? What needs to happen for you to get into your creative zone? What to do when you are stuck? Have advice? Join the group and let us know.

The ACJ is always good for a great call, but this one is truly special: One for Fun!

The role: Doodler First impressions matter.

Every day, hundreds of millions of online users visit the Google homepage. Yes, to search. But also, to be delighted, informed, and surprised (And maybe even to laugh a little). The Google Doodle makes this possible -- it's the change that is constant on Google.com.

As a Product Graphic Designer/Illustrator, more commonly known as a "Doodler," you have the world's best platform to showcase your stylistic skills -- as well as your sense of humor, love of all things historical and imaginative artistry. From Jules Verne to Pac-Man, you have the reins to our brand and iconic logo and can run free with your innovative ideas. Go forth and doodle!
Deadline: 17 May 2012

You will: Draw, design, and/or animate the highly visible Google homepage doodles. Come up with consistently excellent creative ideas within the constraints of the our logo. Manage complex collaborative projects from idea, to executive pitches, to final execution in a fast-paced environment. Design illustrations both digitally and traditionally and in a wide range of artistic styles with great attention to detail. Preferred Qualifications: Freehand illustration skills and a wide range of artistic styles. Ability to translate conceptual direction into amazing works of art. Ability to work collaboratively and apply creative feedback in a team environment. Comfort with digital and traditional media. Knowledge of animation fundamentals. Online portfolio/reel.

Apply online now: www.google.com/jobs/application/application?loc=us&action=add&a... - Mountain View


View other interesting calls and information on the ACJ blog.


Crafthaus Blog updates:

The MFA Guidebook for Studio Artists

Starting your Search

Once you’ve set your mind to attending an MFA program it’s time to start investigating what’s out there. It’s important to look beyond the first schools that come to mind- your undergraduate institution, your friend’s MFA program or the big name schools in your field. The most important rule of this part of the process is to keep an open mind. Until you’ve seen the studio, met the other students and talked to the faculty members, you won’t have a clear idea of the working environment at that school.  Continue reading ....



2012 NCECA/crafthaus emerging artist report!

Who are the 2012 NCECA Emerging Artists?

NCECA this year was an urban delight to say the least!

I began "my" NCECA with a mission: an hour long face-to-face conversation with each emerging artist. I had a list of prepared questions, some of which are listed here:

  • What have been particular high points or pivotal moments in your career?
  • How do you identify and gauge success for yourself as an artist? As an educator?
  • What, if any, social responsibilities do you think an artist has?
  • How does entrepreneurship play into your success as an artist?
  • Is critical discourse important to you? How do you participate?
  • What advice would you like to offer other the crafthaus/NCECA blog readers?

Looking back, I have to say that the opportunity to conduct and curate an official conversation with the emerging artists, Dylan BeckNick BivinsChandra DeBuseDarien JohnsonPeter Johnson, and Mathew McConnell, was a great excuse to sit down and cover a lot of ground in a little time. Because I was recording the audio, and everyone was so busy, we stayed on task and dug right in. I will distill the conversations so they are appropriate for a blog posting then post them one at a time over the course of six months- so stay tuned!

Continue reading.....

Self-doubt: Crossing the Boundary of Culture with Personal Issues

The Unforgettable Experience of three years MFA studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

The original reason for my coming to the United States was to find a studio that would allow me to devote myself to making new work; Professor Lynda LaRoche at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) opened that door for me.

As a public state university in Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) has offered me a wonderful study environment, providing me with a variety of classes and diversified cultural experiences and relationships. By studying with a number of different professors at IUP, I have been able to access a variety of mediums and practices, and to reflect upon my work and the work of others in classes such as Art Seminar and Art Critique.

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 FOCUS: SOFA – 2012. Like a Virgin. Ohh, Ohh. Touched For The Very First Time.

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Bee-cology and Science of Scrounging: Greg Corman

Greg Corman is a Tucson-based sculptor who works primarily with reclaimed wood, steel, and found objects to create functional bee habitats, benches, tables, and vessels.  

His bee habitat sculptures don't attract the common honeybee, which by the way, is a non-native species introduced from Europe and Africa. Instead, they support solitary bees, important pollinators that are non-aggressive and nest in holes in the ground or in dead trees.  There are an estimated 1000-1200 species of native bees in Arizona alone, but many have been hit hard by habitat loss, competition from non-native species, pesticides, etc..

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Adventures in Switzerland blog

Our expat, Callie Shevlin updated us with some neat images of what she did on her Easter break. Hint: It involves really delicious looking food.... I am more than just a tad jealous.

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Steampunk blog: Airships! Full steam ahead and steady as she goes!

A staple of the steampunk universe is the Airship. Dirigibles as they are commonly called (from the French (diriger to direct plus -ible), meaning "directable" or steerable) are blimps with open ship-like bases or enclosed Gondolas to hold passengers and/or cargo, and are directed by rudders and propellers, jet engines or even sails as opposed to Balloons which follow the wind with no control of their own.

Continue reading .....

(If you aren't a steampunk fan yet (hard to believe), you will be a convert soon, Timonthy sure knows how to pick his topics and images...)

Just a few more days... SIGNATURE WORKS, our current online exhibition.

Take a look if you haven't seen this yet.

Click to see the current calls for online exhibitions. Participate!

You may want to become a member of this group to stay current with the calls, all members are invited to show their work or come up with an idea for an online exhibition!

Premiere episode of Season Four of the Peabody Award-winning series "Craft in America: Threads" to air May 11, 2012 nationwide

Los Angeles, CA – CRAFT IN AMERICA, the Emmy nominated and Peabody Award-winning documentary series dedicated to exploring America’s rich craft history will premiere its fourth season with Craft in America: Threadson PBS Friday, May 11, 2012 at 9pm (check local listings).


Craft in America: Threads explores work by Faith Ringgold, Randall Darwall, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, and Terese Agnew – nationally acclaimed fiber artists who through story-quilts, fiber collages and woven textiles go beyond pure technique.

Continue reading ....

New Videos:

This video documents the creation of a necklace inspired by the opera "Turandot" by Puccini.

Posted by Jen Townsend.

An inside look at artist, Jim Cotter, and his studio where he creates his one-of-a kind jewelry and sculptural pieces.

Posted by Jim Cotter.

Rachel's House. 2012. nylon ripstop, thread, forced air (blower), spandex, flax seeds, rubber, grommets, Arduino w/ accompanying electronics.

Posted by Rachel Timmins.


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